COURTENEY COX has come a long way since her days at Central Perk. According to her presentation of friends‘Domineering perfectionist Monica Geller, Cox has had a number of projects associated with her name. While some were successful, many failed to catch on. To date, her biggest hit has been the Scream Franchise.
However, Cox’s time in Hollywood is far from over. Her last Starz appearance Glowing Valley is one of the many reasons why.
In the comedy-horror series, Cox plays Patricia Phelps aka Pat, a former “wild child” made famous by her raunchy book on women’s empowerment. But since debuting, Pat hasn’t followed up on her efforts. In return, it not only puts a strain on her career, but also on her family.
To save them both, she moved – along with her parents – to an affordable mansion across the country. Unbeknownst to Pat, however, the house was previously the home of a deceased cruel “doctor” named Rosemary. Therefore, paranormal activity often occurs.
But no one senses her presence except Pat, who is convinced she is either depressed or possessed. But after several attempts at playing detective, Pat finally makes a deal with the ghost of Rosemary to help her with her second book.
Things are going very well until Rosemary starts interfering in Pat’s life and wants more control. And soon she finds herself and her family in trouble.
Although the show is generally set in a fictional world, Glowing Valley gains its appeal primarily through its honest portrayal of life. From the three-dimensional depiction of family life to the grim process of overcoming alcoholism, Glowing Valley easily triumphs over other new dark sitcoms in the drama offering.
Indeed, there is a large amount of relatable drama sequences in the eight-episode series. Personally, I enjoyed the show most as it explored the depths of depression, specifically how it can affect relationships with others.
And that’s what we see in it Glowing Valley how Pat (who is still recovering) manages her relationships with her family members and her writing career.
Comedy is hot
While Glowing Valley treats serious subjects, it’s far from a “serious” show. The filmmakers did a great job addressing these issues publicly in a comedic way. And thus ensures easy and comfortable viewing.
So even with scenes of Pat’s “terrible” nature as a mother, it’s easy to sit back and watch without feeling angry or disappointed.
Speaking of which, the banter between Pat and her daughter Gaynor was definitely a joy to watch. Although their interactions were mostly pretty rough, it was hilarious to watch them interact on screen. Gusbirney, who played Gaynor, had absolutely the best lines.
Trying too hard
Unfortunately, Glowing Valley couldn’t deliver in other areas, especially when it came to horror. The sitcom relied too heavily on jump scares and offbeat camera work. As a result, the “scary” scenes felt a bit ridiculous and unnatural. Even Cox, well versed in this particular genre, could only do so much.
Apart from the horror aspect Glowing Valley also seemed to have problems with the pace. The first part of the drama, for example, progressed too slowly. The build up to the climax was too sluggish. And when it picked up steam again after the sixth episode, the drama rushed too fast to reach its end.
The footage and clips went by so quickly it was hard to process what had just happened.
potential to grow
Nevertheless, Glowing Valley is still a fun show to catch. Even though it may not have established itself in the horror genre, Glowing Valley still has the potential to be one of the next popular hit series.
Given its well-known cast and comedic appeal, it might get there with time. After all, it has just been renewed for a second season.